I have heard here “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings”? Faith inspires beauty and being amongst the many Churches here gets you to experience another facet of the Goan life. Through this post I will attempt to give you a glimpse of the many wonderful Goan Churches.
The Convent and Church of St.Francis of Assissi.
The origin of this church and the attached convent can be traced to the humble beginnings made by eight Franciscan friars, who, on their arrival in 1517, secured from the then Governor a few houses that belonged to a deceased Thanedar. By their persistent efforts they constructed a small chapel with three altars and a choir.
A church consecrated to the Holy Ghost was built in 1521 and was later pulled down and the present church was built on the same spot in 1661 retaining only the entrance of the earlier church.
Location: North Goa,Velha.
The Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina, known as Se Cathedral, is the cathedral of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman and the seat of the Patriarch of the East Indies.It is the largest church in India and is dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria. It is one of the oldest and most celebrated religious buildings in Goa and is one of the largest churches in Asia.
Location: Velha, Goa.
The Church of Our Lady of Miracles was originally built in 1594 by the Portuguese army. The church was dedicated to St.Jerome and is still often called St Jerome’s Church. The building caught fire in 1961 and a large part of it was destroyed. After its renovation, the church was rechristened and dedicated to Our Lady of Miracles.
The large and beautiful Church of St. Cajetan, lies about half a kilometer away to the north east of the Se Cathedral, and quite near the ruins of the Viceregal Palace. This church, which is said to have been modeled on the original design of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome.The church altar is dedicated to Our Lady of Divine Providence; the church is named after the founder of the Theatine order, St. Cajetan, a contemporary of St Francis Xavier.
Mãe de Deus Church,a.k.a. Saligao Church
On October 25, 1873, the Goa Archbishop officially confirmed the name of Mae de Deus for this church in Saligao.
One of the most attractive and beautiful churches in Goa and one of the best example churches for gothic style of architecture.
Location : At Saligao, Bardez ,North Goa. Mapusa-6Km, Panjim-3Km.
Recently celebrated the 450th anniversary yearThe Church of Nagoa, founded in 1560, was the second foundation of the Franciscans in Bardez. This church came to be called Matriz (Mother) for its jurisdiction extended over five villages of Parra, Anjuna, Assagao, Siolim, Oxel and Saligao which, in due time, were raised to the status of Independent parishes. In 1679 the reconstruction of the church was carried out and it was further improved in 1893.